There is often a stigma with mental health — people may still misconstrue it to be something negative and will term it as the same thing as mental illness.
However, in the event of the continuous negligence of one’s state of mental health, mental illness can set in, and this can be challenging to manage.
Express your emotions. They make us feel vulnerable at times and this is hard, but they are part of being a healthy human being!
Emotions are meant to be expressed rather than bottled up. Like the famous saying, “Laughter is the best medicine but if you are laughing for no reason, you need medicine.” When you feel like laughing, you should — and the same thing applies to crying. Some see crying as a sign of weakness or a manipulative way of expression, but one good thing about it is its ability to let out bottled stress, frustration or grief. Of course, these emotions can also convey positive messages such as love, reunion, joy, and victory.
Push yourself to socialize, at least a little.
Another aspect of human psychology that is essential to maintaining mental health is socializing. Socializing has a long-term effect on humans’ health because we are wired to be social beings.
Some of us need more time alone to recharge than others, and socializing comes more naturally for some and less so for others. But the fact remains that we all need a support system and someone to relate well to.
Having a pet such as a dog, for example, can be a good start in achieving the goal of improved socializing. Going out occasionally with your dog will offer you the opportunity of possibly meeting people with common interests. You might run into people in places such as the dog park, a local pet store, or along the street.
We all need one form of companionship or the other in achieving a balanced life. Make yourself open and friendly; you’ll be amazed at how good it can feel and how people will react towards you.
Just remember, never neglect your mental health. It is as important as your physical health!